USAF Launches New Formal Innovation Office

The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center opened a new office in November to facilitate and support the service branch's innovation efforts. The AFIMSC innovation office consists of a new branch dedicated to innovation and analysis efforts, with Marc Vandeveer serving as chief innovation officer, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

“This innovation office is dedicated to tying together the vast innovation ecosystem with our Airmen at our installations as a whole,” Vandeveer said. “We will strive to take an idea from conception, through collaborative innovation, and most importantly, through implementation."

The office, now a full-time federal component, will work on efforts in partnership with other innovation groups including the Defense Innovation Unit, the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Air Force Innovation Hub Network. AFIMSC invested $150K in a partnership with AFWERX's Austin, Texas-based hub to develop unmanned aerial vehicles.

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